Kentucky Derby Entrants Becoming More Clear

Kentucky Derby Points Leaders Heading into April’s Final Prep Races

The starting gate is becoming in focus as we turn towards the stretch in the Run for the Roses. Fifteen horses have qualified for the Kentucky Derby on May 7, and those 3-year olds are listed in the chart below.

Five Grade I prep races remain including the Florida Derby this weekend to start the first of five 170 points races (100-40-20-10). The Spiral Stakes is also this Saturday, April 2 (50-20-10-5). The top-four finishers in these designated Kentucky Derby prep races earn qualifying points into the Derby. A win in any of the these remaining races over the next three Saturday’s in April earns automatic entry to the Kentucky Derby: Spiral Stakes, Florida Derby, Wood Memorial, Blue Grass, Santa Anita Derby, Arkansas Derby, Lexington Stakes.

TwinspiresSince the points system debuted in 2013, two horses that finished No. 1 in the Derby points standings went on to win the Kentucky Derby – Orb in 2013 and California Chrome in 2014. The last two years, 20 points has been the lowest points total to earn a spot in the field of 20 for the Kentucky Derby.

So other horses to watch in the April prep races that are currently on the ‘bubble’ with 20 Derby points include: Forevamo, Dazzling Gem, Zulu and Outwork.

There are many other horses that are scheduled to make their final start in a prep race over the next three weeks with Brody’s Cause, Fellowship, Flexibility and Smokey Image among the most likely to move up or stamp their ticket to the Derby with a win.

Get ready to bet the Kentucky Derby and follow along in the final weeks prep races as the field is set for the May 7 Run for the Roses.

Qualified for the 2016 Kentucky Derby – Field of 20


Rank Horse Trainer Points
1 Gun Runner Steve Asmussen 151
2 Lani Mikio Matsunaga 100
3 Mohaymen Kiaran McLaughlin 70
4 Destin Todd Pletcher 51
5 Cupid Bob Baffert 50
6 Danzing Candy Cliff Sise Jr. 50
7 Shagaf Chad Brown 50
8 Mor Spirit Bob Baffert 44
9 Tom’s Ready Dallas Stewart 44
10 Mo Tom Tom Amoss 32
11 Nyquist Doug O’Neil 30
12 Exaggerator Keith Desormoeaux 26
13 Whitmore Ron Moquett 24
14 Sunny Ridge Jason Servis 23
15 Laoban Eric Guillot 22


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